Is Corn Good For A Low Carb Diet?
The other day when I was looking at some of what people are eating on MFP, I noticed one person that has lost a bunch of weight now over a years’ time, he had been eating corn. I was always told by trainer’s that Corn was high in sugar and it is not good for you to eat. Well that got me thinking about checking out how good Corn is for you while on a Diet. Here is what I found on this subject. After reading, tell me what you know about the subject.
Is Corn Good For A Low Carb Diet?
Yes, corn is a good addition to your diet but be careful to eat sparingly. If you want to lose some weight, you should eat moderately. Make sure that you are having a healthy and balanced diet. This means you eat less carbs, red meat, fatty foods, salty and processed foods. Don't forget to drink lots of water
Corn is high in Thiamin, Pantothenic acid (B5), Foliate, Citamin C, and fiberThe Health Benefits of Corn
Is there anything more satisfying at a summer bar-b-queue than an ear of hot buttered corn on the cob? In addition to being sweet and satisfying, there are many health benefits of corn.
Corn is High in Nutrients
One of the benefits of corn is that it is high in nutrients. A few of these important nutrients are:* Thiamin (vitamin B1) which is used in the metabolism of carbohydrates.* Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) which helps with physiological functions.* Foliate which helps the generation of new cells -- especially important before and during pregnancy.* Vitamin C which fights against diseases.
Corn is a Good Source of Fiber
One cup of corn provides 18.4% of the daily recommendation of fiber. Its high fiber content is one of the biggest benefits of corn. Fiber has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and help reduce the risk of colon cancer. Fiber is also useful in helping to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Adding More Corn to Your Diet
How do you get the benefits of corn when it's not mid-summer and corn on the cob is not plentiful? You can still get the benefits of corn from corn that has been frozen when it is fresh.Try corn as side dish sautéed with green chilies and onions. Add frozen corn to soup, chili and chowder. Use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas. The addition of corn a couple of times a week to your diet will have healthful benefits.
Corn provides many vitaminsAccording to one website:Corn contains beta-carotene, small amounts of B vitamins and vitamin C. It is a useful source of protein and is rich in fiber. Canned corn is less nutritious, higher in calories and usually much higher in added sodium.
Calories in Corn:
1 x 5" ear = 65 calories
1 cup cooked = 170
Sources: http://www.annecollins.com/diet_foods/corn-sweetcorn.htm _________________________________________________________
Another thought about corn: by Timothy S. Harlan, M.D from an article he wrote after someone had asked:
Is corn not as good for you as other whole grains or vegetables?
I'm not sure where it came from, but I have the idea that corn is to other whole grains somewhat as potatoes are to other vegetables, i.e., not as healthy. How good is corn for you? As a dried grain vs fresh? Is cornmeal normally nixtamaled?
"This is a great question. Corn is a cereal grain much like oats and wheat. There are similarities between all grains and corn is as good for you as the rest. The question of whether it is healthier is one of very slight degrees. For instance an ear of corn has about 75 calories and 2 grams of fiber. This serving is about the same as 1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal (which also has about 2 grams of fiber). Getting to the finished servings of each of these requires markedly different processing. The corn you simply have to shuck while the oats have been processed by toasting, hulling, cleaning, steaming and rolling flat.
When processed, corn can be made into so many other products. This is because of the versatility of many of the basic ingredients. Cornmeal is nixtamaled. This is a process developed by the Aztec and Mayan cultures to preserve and fortify their corn. It involves soaking the corn kernels in an alkaline solution, cooking, steeping, washing and then grinding. The result is cornmeal (yellow) or grits (white). 1/4 cup of corn meal (39.75 grams) contains 147 calories, 1.6 grams of fiber and just under a gram of fat. Interestingly, the same 39.75 grams of rolled oats is also 147 calories but has almost three grams of fat and 4 grams of fiber. It is this difference in nutrient content that has led to the idea that corn is not as nutritious as other cereal grains. It is, however, just different nutrients.
The key is that in processing the corn into cornmeal a lot of other nutrients are stripped away. The same is true, however, for the processing of wheat. The bleached white flour is far less nutritious than whole wheat flour which is far less nutritious than wheat berries. Generally speaking, the more processed a food, the less nutritious it is.
The problem comes in trying to compare apples with oranges (or in this case wheat or oats with corn). They are all healthy, they are all good for you and they are better for you in the most natural state possible for consumption. Fresh corn is probably "better" for you than corn meal and wheat berries are probably "better" for you than white flour. But that's splitting hairs. The key is to eat a wide variety of foods and to try to make them as fresh as possible. So having corn on the cob one night, oatmeal for breakfast the next day and then whole wheat roll for lunch you'll get a lot of variety, higher fiber and be eating healthy.
So where does that leave the lowly potato? Not really all that lowly in my opinion. First off, technically the grains mentioned above are seeds of their respective plants and are considered fruits and not vegetables while the potato is a true vegetable. That said, potatoes are pretty nutritious. A 6 ounce potato comes in at 131 calories and 4 grams of fiber. There's almost no fat though. As a vegetable they are fairly calorie dense. The same 170 grams of broccoli has a little more fiber but only 58 calories. Those potatoes are nutritious but not in the same realm as the broccoli which has tons of vitamins that the potato, growing underground, doesn't develop.
I don't see any one of these ingredients being healthier than another. The key is that they all have their strengths as far as nutrition. Many of those strengths are diminished in the processing (you're better off with a baked potato than potato chips). If you're filling your menus with corn on the cob, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, polenta, baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, roasted beets, apples, oranges and grits instead of highly processed food, you're living well.
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.